Cannabis Infused Products Talking Points
The Colorado edibles industry continues to actively address concerns regarding consumer safety.
In June 2016, HB16-1436 was signed, mandating that infused products cannot be shaped like animals, humans or fruit or be in packaging designed to appeal to children.
In October 2016, HB16-1261 went into effect requiring all marijuana edible and cannabis infused product manufacturers in Colorado to feature a “universal symbol” – a diamond enclosing the notations “!THC” or “!THCM” on all products and packaging, in an effort to raise public safety awareness.
Recent regulations also prohibit edibles manufacturers from buying commercial non-infused products and spraying them with hash oil, as the average consumer or child would not be able to tell the difference between a infused and non infused product.
With newly enforced stamping (HB16-1261) and regulation of shapes (HB16-1436), the industry can safely claim that between child-resistant packaging, prohibited use of cartoon characters, opaque packaging, and warning statements, that Colorado infused products manufacturers are doing more than any other industry to make edibles less appealing to kids while maintaining colors and flavors that do appeal to the adult markets we serve.
Legal cannabis products are less likely to be accidentally ingested by kids than dish detergent packets, diaper rash cream, and even alcohol-infused chocolates. With more than five million infused product units sold each year and diminishing cases of accidental ingestion, the industry feels strongly that it is headed in the right direction.
CBA maintains that banning legal edibles or regulating edibles out of existence merely pushes a safe, regulated, taxable industry with professionally produced, lab-tested products packaged in childproof packaging into the Black Market where homemade edibles with no testing or limits on potency and no required packaging becomes a much more dangerous situation for children.
CBA stresses that adults must keep cannabis products safely out of the reach of children, and educate youth on the dangers of underage consumption.
The legal cannabis industry takes power and money out of the hands of drug cartels and puts funds into state coffers and has the real potential to help offset the Federal Government’s budget shortfalls.
A recent study found that opioid use decreases in states that legalize marijuana.
Colorado, the first U.S. state to legalize cannabis for adult-use, reported selling $1.3 billion in marijuana and marijuana-related products in 2016, with a projected $3 billion economic impact for 2016.
Colorado’s 2016 tax revenues from marijuana sales were about $199 million in tax and fees revenue for the calendar year. These taxes fund projects including school construction, public health and law enforcement.
The legal cannabis industry provides safety procedures and regulations that protect our youth, and states where cannabis is legal have seen a reduction in teen use. A recent report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped since the state first permitted recreational Cannabis use by adults. The biannual poll also showed the percentage of high school students consuming Cannabis is smaller than the national average among teens. Colorado has experienced a significant economic boost since the legalization of Cannabis, accounting for sizeable job growth and tax income for Colorado.
About the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA)
The Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) encourages sensible policies that stimulate economic development and consumer transparency for the medical and retail marijuana industry. CBA promotes best business practices through advising and communicating with its members and other industry representatives, thereby invigorating the communities we serve. CBA also supports education and safety to further protect employees and purchasers within regulated marijuana commerce. For more information, visit www.cannabisalliance.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.